“Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO now that Steve Jobs has announced his resignation, has been described as being both intensely private and a life-long bachelor, but it wasn’t until this year that rumors started to spread that he was gay,” writes The Atlantic’s Nicholas Jackson. And? So what.
When it spread late yesterday that Jobs was stepping down, Twitter was abuzz with the news. After all had inquired about Steve Jobs’s health and Apple’s succession plan, attention returned to Cook. Wait a minute, a couple of the people I follow asked, is Tim Cook now the most powerful gay person in tech? Yes, with a move to the top of Apple’s ladder placing him ahead of Megan Smith, vice president of new business development at Google; Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s head of human resources; and a handful of others.
The Twitter talk was followed this morning by a report in the Herald Sun built on top of positive reactions from a couple of spokespeople for equality. “I think that it’s a fantastic development,” Nareen Young, CEO of Diversity Council of Australia, told the paper. “What it reinforces is that gay and lesbian people are everywhere and the fact that they are reaching the senior echelons of business is an achievement.”
So, everyone’s excited that the new CEO of Apple is probably gay. That’s great. Everyone loves Apple, especially the gays. What a relief that a gay person is finally in charge of something that gay people love! Thank God! Just imagine if he were straight. Would we be able to trust him with Apple? I know I wouldn’t, that’s for sure. I’d be skeptical. I’d want to know more about who he was as a businessman and what his credentials were and whether or not he supports gay marriage. He was a COO? Meh.
“There are still many gay and lesbian people at high levels of the corporate world who are afraid to come out,” Rodney Croome, the spokesman for Australian Marriage Equality, added. “Cook’s appointment will help open the corporate closet.”
Just one problem there. Cook is one of those at the high levels who is afraid to publicly confirm his homosexuality. And he won’t be a role model for the LGBT community until he confirms the rumors and comes out of the glass closet he is assumed to be living in.
Oh, bullshit. Afraid? How do you know he’s afraid? Because he doesn’t choose to talk about his personal life? He won’t be a role model until he “confirms the rumors”? I call someone who ignores rumors a role model. Also, why can’t the CEO of Apple be a role model for the LGBT community simply because he’s the fucking CEO of Apple?